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S. Korean player elects free agency over minor league assignment

All Headlines 11:08 January 12, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean utility man Choi Ji-man has elected free agency over a minor league assignment in the Los Angeles Angels system, a report said Thursday.

CBS Sports.com said the 25-year-old will test the open market instead of going down to the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.

The Angels had designated Choi for assignment last month to make room on their 40-man roster for new outfielder Ben Revere. No other club claimed Choi off the waiver wire, and the Angels, instead of releasing him, outrighted Choi to the minors.

After batting just .170 with five home runs in 54 games last year, Choi appears unlikely to land a major league deal.

Choi made his major league debut with the Halos in 2016, after five seasons in the minors, and split his time between first base and outfield.

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